March 27,2024

Common Sump Pump Problems

A sump pump is the first line of defense against basement flooding and water damage, whether caused by faulty plumbing or a storm. When your sump pump fails, your home is left susceptible to water damage. That's why it's important to familiarize yourself with the common plumbing problems and what you can do to prevent them. In this post, Mr. Rooter Plumbing guides you through the most common sump pump problems and their solutions.

  • Wrong Size Sump Pump

This is a problem you're more likely to experience if you hire an inexperienced plumber or decide to do the job yourself. If your sump pump is too small, it won't be able to handle the volume of water entering the sump pit during heavy rain or flooding. If it's too large, it will turn on and off too frequently, which can shorten its lifespan. Have a trusted plumbing repair service assess your needs and recommend the right size sump pump for your basement and water table conditions.

  • Clogged Sump Pump

Clogging is a common cause of sump pump failure. Debris like leaves, dirt, or sediment can accumulate in the sump pump or pit, preventing it from functioning properly. This problem usually occurs as a result of improper pump placement. To avoid this problem, we recommend that you regularly inspect and clean your sump pump and pit. Consider using a sump pump basket to trap debris before it enters the pump.

  • A Stuck Switch

The float switch is what turns the pump on and off based on the water level in the pit. It can get stuck as a result of mechanical or electrical issues. If the float switch gets stuck in the on or off position, the pump won't operate correctly. Check the float switch for obstructions and make sure it moves freely. In some cases, you may need to replace the switch. If the switch has deteriorated and needs to be replaced, you may need the help of a plumbing repair service.

  • A Clogged Discharge Line

The discharge line is the pipe that carries water pumped out of the basement away from your foundation. If it gets clogged with debris or freezes during winter, the pump won't be able to expel the water. The solution to this problem is to ensure the discharge line is properly sloped away from the house to prevent freezing. It's also a good idea to regularly flush the line with clean water to remove any buildup.

  • Improper Sump Pump Installation

One of the common reasons for sump pump breakdown is improper installation. Any plumbing appliance that is installed improperly will give you endless problems down the road, whether it be a sump pump, a toilet, or a garbage disposal. If your sump pump is not positioned low enough, it won't be able to collect all the water that accumulates. Besides, the inlet might be more susceptible to clogging from debris. To prevent all the problems that come with improper sump pump installation, have a qualified plumber install and repair the pump. Make sure you perform a background check before you hire a plumber to install or replace your sump pump.

  • No Water in the Sump Pit

Does your sump pump appear to be working, but there's no water in the sump pit? The reason behind this could be improper installation, a blocked discharge line, or a stuck float switch. If you experience this problem, try to inspect the discharge line and the float switch to see if there's a problem.  If you're unsure about the cause or uncomfortable checking these components yourself, it's best to call a qualified plumber to diagnose the issue and ensure your sump pump system is functioning properly.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing: Your Sump Pump Specialists

Are you looking for a professional plumbing service that offers reliable sump pump installation services? Is your sump pump acting up, and you're looking for professional sump pump repair? Mr. Rooter Plumbing should be your first call when you're in need of professional and affordable sump pump installation and sump pump repair. We've been providing dependable plumbing services for 50+ years.

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